A Career in Podiatric Medicine launched this month

After two years, I am delighted to announce the launch of this new book, A Career in Podiatric Medicine, covering British Podiatry in three versions.

Based on interview research during the height of lockdown, over seventy contributors, past and current students, university lecturers, specialists and generalists in podiatry have made this a book that could help all school students, career teachers, as well as those mature students hoping for a career choice or change.

Available now from Amazon in paperback. £10.99 & in a colour version, £15.00 and as a hardback in colour £26.00

Professor Alan Borthwick writes …

This book is an ideal introduction to podiatry, guided by the people who practice it.  Reading about a profession through the varied accounts of its practitioners – from student podiatrists and practising clinicians to educators and researchers – gives the text an authentic and insightful edge.  It provides an honest and wide-ranging portrayal of each of the facets of the profession, illustrating its real contribution to healthcare.  Few texts offer such an accessible picture of contemporary podiatry.  Written in a relaxed style, it provides the newcomer with a clear sense of the profession and how it makes a difference.   For anyone considering a career in podiatry, this book is for you – it addresses the cutting-edge specialisms, including burgeoning fields of practice supported by novel technological advances, as well as its long-established methods of care.  Its contributors imbue their accounts with the enthusiasm of committed professionals, matched with a keen sense of realism.  An acute shortage of qualified podiatrists means there are huge opportunities for those joining it today.  This engaging and informative book is a unique and essential guide to a career in podiatry, one likely to inspire a new generation of practitioners.  

Alan M Borthwick OBE, Emeritus Professor, University of Southampton.   


Written in six sections, this guide is designed to be ‘general’ and may vary from institution to institution and use different terminology for the course curriculum.

Sections 1 and 2 may appeal to younger students from 13 years, while older students, having completed GCSE sciences or access courses, will find
Section 3 covers university education with tips and advice from current and former students.

Section 4 looks at the scope of podiatry, while Section 5 takes the reader into the postgraduate areas and sub-specialisms.
Section 6 provides additional information at the back of this book to cover contacts, NHS pay scales, and a comprehensive glossary of terms after Section 6.

The author does not recommend one university over another; all universities mentioned were invited to comment on the content of this book. Readers are advised to check each university and view their prospectus and website for further information—more details covering the content show highlights. Different clinicians and lecturers illustrate the breadth and range of podiatric medicine.

Podiatry looks beyond the foot.
Job availability in podiatry.
The NHS Podiatrist.

Placements versus On-Site Clinics.
Which direction to go after qualifying?
After graduation.
Advanced techniques.
Children’s Podiatry.
Independent prescribing (I.P.).
Overseas and work experience.

Making a Career Plan.
The National Health Service.
Extended Scope Practitioners.
The Vascular Practitioner.
Cancer management.
High-Risk Podiatry.
What makes a specialist in high-risk?
Musculoskeletal Podiatry.
Prison Work.
Footwear and research.

The Business End of Podiatry.
Developing a Modern Practice.
Gait Analysis.
Management in the NHS.
Podiatric Sports Medicine.
Dance and podiatry.
Podiatric Surgery.
Expert Witness and Podiatry.
Forensic Podiatry.
The Educationalist.
Research as a Career.

All podiatrists should keep a copy of this useful handbook to advise local schools, patients and prospective students on a modern career in podiatry.



  • Emeritus Professor Alan Borthwick, OBE University of Southampton
  • Dr Andrew Bridgen, University of Huddersfield
  • Professor Catherine Bowen, University of Southampton
  • Mr Ben Bullen, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Mr Benjamin Jones, University of Southampton
  • Dr Grace Parfitt, University of Huddersfield
  • Ms Keri Hutchinson, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Ms Hayley Edginton, Salford University
  • Professor Jackie Wakefield, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  • Mr Phil Hendy, Plymouth University
  • Mr Raymond Robinson, Ulster University
  • Mr Rodrigo Diaz-Martinez, Northampton University
  • Dr Simon Otter, Brighton University
  • Emeritus Professor Stuart Baird, Glasgow Caledonian University

Academic podiatrists with joint clinical posts

  • Dr Heidi Siddle, Research Podiatrist
  • Dr Helen Branthwaite, Independent and ResearchPodiatrist
  • Dr Jill Halstead-Rastrick, Research Podiatrist
  • Dr Lisa Farndon, Clinical ResearchPodiatrist/Research Lead

Clinical podiatrists

  • Ms Afni Shah-Hamilton, Independent Podiatrist
  • Ms Alison Clarke-Morris, Independent Podiatrist
  • Mr Antony Wilkinson, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, NHS
  • Mr Barry Francis, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, NHS (Rtd)
  • Mr Ben Yates, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, NHS
  • Ms Catherine Holdcroft, NHS Podiatrist
  • Mr Christopher Joyce, Extended Scope Podiatrist in Rheumatology at Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Ms Claire Carr, Independent Podiatrist
  • Ms Claire Freeman, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, NHS
  • Mr Damian Holdcroft, Extended Scope Podiatrist, Orthopaedics
  • Ms Debbie Delves, Independent Podiatrist
  • Ms Edwina Alcock, Advanced Practice Podiatrist MSK, NHS
  • Ms Emily Haworth, Specialist Podiatrist in Diabetes
  • Mr Ganesh Baliah, Podiatrist
  • Mr Karl Guttormsen, Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Diabetes, Endocrinology & Gen. medicine
  • Mr Ian Tarr, Extended Scope Podiatrist in Diabetes Community Walsall
  • Dr Ivan Bristow, Podiatrist with a special interest in Dermatology
  • Mr Jai Saxelby, Independent Podiatrist
  • Mr James Welch, Advanced Specialist Podiatrist (MSK & Paediatrics)
  • Ms Jennifer Muir, Independent Podiatrist
  • Ms Jessica Warner, Podiatrist
  • Mr Jonathan Small, Independent Podiatrist
  • Ms Louise Kennedy, Independent Podiatrist
  • Mr Martin Fox, Specialist Podiatrist
  • Mr Ralph Graham, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, NHS (Rtd).
  • Ms Sarah Twiss, NHS Podiatrist
  • Mr Sean Savage, Independent Podiatrist
  • Ms Siobhan Muirhead, Podiatrist
  • Mr Simon Costain, Podiatric Surgeon & Consultant in Gait Analysis
  • Mrs Stephanie Owen, Independent Podiatrist MSK specialist
  • Mr Steve Kriss, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, NHS
  • Ms Suzy Taylor, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, NHS
  • Professor Tim Kilmartin, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, NHS
  • Mr Trevor Prior, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, NHS
  • Mr Usamah Khalid, Podiatrist
  • Ms Victoria North, Independent Podiatrist
  • Professor Wesley Vernon. OBE (Rtd), University of Huddersfield.


This book was produced with a wide range of assistance from colleagues and has been partially sponsored by ‘Firefly Orthotics’. The University of Southampton has assisted with this project, with special thanks to Mr Benjamin Jones (Podiatrist). 

Views held are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the Royal College of Podiatry (RCoP), Institute of Chiropodists & Podiatrists (IOCP) or the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Thanks for reading the New Podiatry book launched. Editor-author David R Tollafield

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